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Q&A with the Nursing Site's Kathy Quan, RN, BSN, PHN: Thoughts on Home Health, Hospice, and Nursing in General


BestNursingDegree.com interviews home health and hospice nurse, Kathy Quan, RN, BSN, PHN. Kathy has more than 30 years of experience in nursing. She was also the Guide to Nursing at About.com and is the founder and editor of the popular nursing blog, the Nursing Site.

Below, Kathy talks about her experience in nursing and what students should expect from the career.



Q: What is your current position?

I am a hospice nurse and quality assurance specialist.

Q: What is your nursing background?

I've been in home health and hospice for over 30 years, with a couple of breaks in between. I've worked my way up from a field nurse to a nursing supervisor, staff educator, and now, the quality assurance role that I'm in.

Q: What should nurses seek from their educational experiences?

Nursing is a very intense program, and it's going to take a lot of studying and a lot of work. You need to be able to understand how flexible a program is and know about the faculty. Sometimes, [Short Code Error: type value must be either online or ground] is and why you want to go into it.

It's a wonderful profession, but there are times when you're going to get tired of it and need to walk away. There's a wealth of opportunity out there, but too many nurses get stuck. There are a lot of things that you can do. Ask for an opportunity, and I think a lot of people will give it to you.